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How to disambiguate between various meditation practices?

I agree with Dhammadhatu in that the different meditations seem confusing when you don't know what it is all about. When you know the underlying principle, you know how these different meditations ...
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Software programming/Art and Buddhist Practice - Pursuing creative activity

Yes it's a problem. To some extent an impossible problem, in the sense that ... The Difficult We Do Immediately. The Impossible Takes a Little Longer. Quote Investigator also gives that as, "...
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Can Buddhism help me find my passion?

The "passion" you talk about sounds like a craving for something which you haven't defined. Your question seems to be asking, "I crave something (I crave something to feel passionate about), but I don'...
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How to disambiguate between various meditation practices?

OP: S.N. Goenka says if you practice Vipassana, you must not practice any other technique (but, even more confusingly, he also teaches Anapana and Metta) What is said by Goenka is that you should ...
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How to overcome the suffering of attachement to the body's continued existence (in Western modernity)?

In preparation for death you should: accept the fact everyone must die and let go of the fear of death not procrastinate meditation to develop wisdom make your mind equanimous as possible to handle ...
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Im making no progress on meditation

RE: "I don't even know what I'm supposed to do during meditation" & "what's causing the bliss?" - Congrats, you are very clear about what it is that you're not clear about. That's an awesome first ...
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Software programming/Art and Buddhist Practice - Pursuing creative activity

I get frustrated when something doesn't work ... the cause being I am not mindful ... which may lead to emotions. Frustration is a good example of Dukkha (the painful feeling of wrongness). It is ...
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Reasons against practicing insight meditation as a main (sitting) practice for medical or other recondite-subject majoring students?

I did my first longer vipassana retreat while I was a postdoc researcher (applied math and numerics), and did many more since then. I found it beneficial to have days/weeks dedicated for intense ...
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Meditation technique to reduce/control pain/sorrow/loss

Each technique a type of character or mental biase. Greedy: the ten foulness meditations; or, body contemplation. Hating: the four brahma-viharas; or, the four color kasinas. Deluded: ...
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Exercise for meditation sitting

Sorry for being something of a jerk , man. I just had one of those days :p so to actually answer your question, it does depend on which tradition we're talking about. I know some (all?) traditions ...
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Is it possible to use meditation to gain Self control?

Self control of gained through mastery over the mind, i.e., developing Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration in the Noble Eightfold Path. The lack of mastery over the mind would ...
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Is it possible to use meditation to gain Self control?

No. Don't expect anything from meditation. The moment you start expecting some results like self control or universe control, you're lost. You will keep thinking of result that you desire (that is ...
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Are there meditation practices that improve logical problem solving skills?

I've heard that when you sleep on a problem, you're mind thinks of a solution during the rest. That's kind of how meditation works, a sort of self-induced slumber (though its important not to fall ...
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Seeking guidance on avoiding meditation distractions and sluggishness

A standard beginner's practice for those who get distracted is to count your breaths. You can count them by subvocalizing, or on fingers. I counted by touching my thumb to three phalanges on each ...
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Which is the easiest of the four paths for a novice lay practitioner?

I believe that many/most people understand the meaning of jhana incorrectly. Bhikkhu Kumara has written a book recently to address this. He is waiting on more feedback before allowing people to post ...
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How to disambiguate between various meditation practices?

There are really just two aspects of meditations in Buddhism, as seen in Kimsuka Sutta: "Suppose, monk, that there were a royal frontier fortress with strong walls & ramparts and six gates. ...
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Which meditation is less likely to have negative effects or be practiced wrong?

Right immersion is preceded by right mindfulness, right effort, right livelihood, right action, right speech, right thought and right view. These prerequisites are critical and should be investigated ...
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What is the goal of Meditation- is it increasing the gap?

Source: Anapanasati If you see step 4 above it says "Tranquilise the bodily activities". In this stage you do calm the breath, i.e., increase the gap, but you do not manipulate the breath directly. ...
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Shamata - attention on upper lip, diaphragm or belly?

Well it depends on the teacher who is guiding you. If you do have a teacher go by what he instructs. One of interpretations focul point (as in the original teaching as well as the most effective ...
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